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COUNS 110 - Career and Life Planning - Liz Shaker

Course:Career and Life Planning
Professor:Liz Shaker
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Welcome to Counseling 110 - Career and Life Planning! 

Career and Life Planning is a lifelong process and does not happen over night. Throughout life we learn about ourselves, our strengths, our challenges, what we like and what we do not like. We participate in different experiences that help shape us and allow us to learn about ourselves and that is exactly what we are going to do in this class.

We will spend the next 8 weeks engaging in the self exploration process through completing different career assessments including interests, skills, abilities, personality, values and character strengths.  We will explore the world of work and the current labor market trends and evaluate which work environments my be the best fit for you!  We will go through the job search process, create a resume, cover letter, practice interviewing skills and develop your career vision statement.  I look forward to experiencing this journey with you.  

Course Description

Career & Life Planning 110 introduces self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, abilities, values and personality type. Students will examine the decision-making process, self- management, life roles and goal setting. Includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the career planning and decision-making process
  2. Find a career path and/or major consistent with individual skills, values, interests, and personality style
  3. Recognize the skills needed to succeed in a particular occupational field
  4. Gain cover letter, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  5. Have a better understanding of oneself

Student Learning Outcome (SLO):

At the end of this course, it is expected that students who have regularly participated and completed all assignments will be able to:

  • Assess and evaluate personal characteristics including their skills, values, interests, abilities, and personality traits as they apply to academic, career, and personal decisions throughout one's lifespan. 

What to Expect in this Course

This course moves quickly in 8 weeks and all assignments are designed to help guide you through the career exploration process.  The  time and effort you put into this course will help you learn more about your future career path.  There are many ways to get to one place and the goal of this class is to help you make the most informed decisions to help you get to your career goal.  During the semester you will complete different online career assessments, visit different online career sites and participate in weekly discussion board posts with your peers.  To be successful in this course you are expected to spend 6 hours a week dedicated to the readings, homework and career research. 

Types of Assessments

Each week you will participate in student-lead discussion posts with your peers, quizzes based off  weekly lessons and text book readings.  Homework assignments allow you an opportunity to apply what we learn in class. 

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course, which is a free digital textbook. A digital copy will be available in Canvas.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/01/2021 Sub#: 438